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Position By Position Breakdown For Cavs-Celtics First Round Matchup

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics start their first-round matchup on Sunday afternoon, and before they begin their series, we look at the position by position matchup and what the Cavs will need to do to defeat the Celtics. We start with the point guard position between Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart.

Point Guards

Kyrie Irving: 21.7 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.2 rpg, 47% shooting, 21.57 PER, 40% 3 pt

Marcus Smart: 7.8ppg, 3.1 apg, 3.3 rpg, 37% shooting, 11.02 PER

Kyrie easily wins the point guard matchup against the rookie Marcus Smart. Besides rebounds, the stats aren’t even close as Kyrie is clearly the superior player. One thing to keep note of is Kyrie’s recent hip ailment and how it will affect him in the playoffs. Kyrie went out against the Pistons on Monday and got some rest yesterday so hopefully he will be good to go for the long haul of the playoffs.

Click ‘Next’ to see the breakdown of the shooting guards in the Cavs-Celtics Playoff series!

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